Coleen Spinka (Claffey) passed on February 26, 2013. Coleen was born February 29, 1972 in New Jersey and spent most of her life in Boca Raton, where she graduated from Spanish River High School. Her education continued with a degree in psychology from the University of Florida in Gainesville and a master degree in child development from the Denver campus of the University of Colorado. She initialed applied her education as an elementary school psychologist in the Jefferson County School District and starting in 2001 continued this course of work for the Broward County School District. A Disney fanatic, Coleen married the love her life, Michael Spinka in 2011 in what was a fairytale Disney wedding. Coleen is survived by Michael & daughter Lila, parents Eileen Martin & Gary Lambert; Lawrence & Gloria Claffey; Brother Jason & Dawn Claffey ; nephew Luke and Grandmother Alice Martin; Aunt and Uncle Alice & Greg Lewis. In lieu of flowers, Michael and the family's request donations be made in Coleen's honor to the Lynn Cancer Institute. Please make checks payable: Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, 745 Meadows Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33486, Memo check: LCI/Spinka. Arrangements entrusted to Babione Funeral Home. www.babionebocaraton.com.
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Published in Sun-Sentinel on Mar. 3, 2013